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The PXG 0317X hybrid is the follow up to the best club from their original line up. Lower spin which may or may not be useful depending on the player.
The PXG 0317 hybrid remains one of the best hybrids that we’ve ever tested. It’s long and easy to hit, just like a hybrid should be. The problem for PXG is that this doesn’t leave much room for improvement. Did they find any with the 0317X? I tested it to find out.
At address, you would be hard pressed to distinguish the 0317X from the original 0317. Both have matte black crowns without any alignment aids. They’re also slightly pear shaped and on the smaller side in terms of length from front to back. The length from heel to toe is average.
Sound & Feel
The sound and feel of the PXG 0317X hybrid stand in stark contrast to the company’s image. Where PXG sets out to be loud and brash, this club produces a quiet impact sound that feels extremely soft. Feedback is modest but adequate for a forgiving hybrid.
Whether or not the 0317X hybrid is an improvement on the original is going to depend entirely on the user. The 0317X is designed to be lower spin than the original which may be helpful for some players, but not all. As a fairly low spin player, the 0317X was not better than the original. The carry distances were shorter and the landing angles were shallower, meaning my shots didn’t hold greens as well.
Ball speeds with the 0317X are very high, which, combined with the low spin, could make it a solid replacement for a fairway wood.
The 0317X hybrid does retain the adjustable weighting of the 0317. There are still seven weight ports, though they are positioned closer to the face rather than around the trailing edge. As I noted previously, while there are 128 possible settings, the practical number is closer to four or five.
At $550, the PXG 0317X hybrid costs more than most drivers. With it’s new lower spin, some players might find it to be a good driver replacement, but for me it was a step backwards from the original. If you’re going to take the plunge into this new PXG line, make sure that you’re fit so that your shots can hold the green.